What a progressive thinking couple! Think about it, in the late nineteenth cetury and well into the early twentieith century, one lady ignores the conventional stigma that says women must forget their interests and be content keeping house. Hulda Klager is the main character in the novel by Jane Kirkpatrck, an intelligent, loving woman, with an eigth grade education whose family immigrated to the United States when she was rather young. The idea of her pursuing an interest in plants, specifically lilacs, really starts with wanting to produce a better quality apple. And throughout her ninety-seven years, you also get a glimpse of how the world changes too, both in attitude and coping skills.
Against the criticism from the likes of naysaysers such as Barney Reed, Hula Klager manages to create more than two hundred varieties of lilacs in addition to a few other flowers and becomes known all over the country due to articles written about her magnificent garden in popular magazines. Frank, Hulda’s husband is her main encourager along with her children who never allow her to give up on the garden even when tragedies strike. Her garden becomes her healing ground and a way for her to give happiness to the many visitors who come to see her handywork. She offers a little bit of herself with each “start” that she gives each person that leaves the garden. Ms. Kirkpatrick has paid great respect to a most generous, loving, creative, individual who has made the world a much happier and prettier place to live in. The Klager family must be proud.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for reviewing it from Waterbrook Press.
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